Boxing superstar Anthony Joshua defeated defending champion Wladimir Klitschko earlier this year at London’s Wembley Stadium. After his victory all eyes have been on Joshua to see who he will fight next? A variety of candidates have been thrown into the mix and there are strong rumours of a Joshua v Klitschko rematch.
Anthony Joshua’s win against Wladimir Klitschko means he has a mandatory fight against Kubrat Pulev who is his IBF challenger. However, the governing body of IBF have allowed Joshua to delay his next fight against Pulev, should Klitschko request a rematch. IBF have placed a time constraint that the Joshua v Klitschko fight must take place before 2nd December. If not, Joshua must fight Pulev or risk having his title taken away from him.
With approval given by IBF, the Joshua v Klitschko rematch is the one everyone wants to see. Anticipation has been building to see if Klitschko will invoke his rematch clause or retire. A Joshua v Klitschko rematch may take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. Principality Stadium is an easy choice for a Joshua v Klitschko rematch, due to its fully retractable roof which is essential given the fight would take place in winter. And with 74,000 seats, it’s likely Principality will be packed. However, the Joshua vs Klitschko fight could also take place in Las Vegas, Nigeria, or Dubai.
Luis Ortiz is the mandatory challenger for the WBA ‘Super’ belt and he is claiming a knock out win over Joshua within eight rounds. Ortiz has been claiming that Klitschko went easy on Joshua at Wembley and that Joshua wouldn’t be so lucky facing him. A Joshua v Ortiz fight would definitely be exciting and could potentially also take place at Wembley.
Anthony Joshua called out Tyson Fury straight after his win at Wembley Stadium earlier on in the year and Fury wasted no time in adding his name in to the mix to fight Joshua next. Fury had won against Klitschko just 18 months before the Joshua v Klitscho fight, but was stripped of his IBF title. Fury is keen to face Joshua, and hasn’t been too subtle about engineering the fight. Fury has returned to training and has been attempting to goad a reaction out of Joshua via social media with some below the belt comments. It seems like a Joshua vs Fury fight would be at Wembley Stadium in 2019.
Tensions are high after the Wembley fight, claimed by some the Joshua v Klitschko fight is the greatest heavyweight title fight of the last decade. Find out first and secure the premier hospitality to see the Joshua v Klitschko rematch by signing up to the Villiers newsletter.BACK TO OUR JOURNAL